The Economy May Effect Your Special Needs Planning

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The economy can have an effect on every aspect of your life, including your special needs planning. If the parent of an individual with special needs has lost his or her job, it’s important to note the loss of employer provided benefits and how this loss might affect your child with special needs. Health insurance coverage is vital for a child with special needs. 

Loss of benefits can also affect the funding of your special needs plan. In contemplating the assets available to fund the plan, group life insurance coverage is often considered. If your plan is dependent on these benefits in order to reach appropriate levels of funding for your special needs child, you should think about replacing these insurance benefits with a separate policy.

Additionally, as the value of your assets diminishes with the decreasing stock market values, again this can have an effect on funding. The reduction of assets available to fund a plan may require a reconsideration of the allocation of assets as between your child with special needs and other children. A child with special needs may not have the ability to be self-supporting in the future that other children may have.

As the law continues to evolve on these matters, please note that this article is current as of date and time of publication and may not reflect subsequent developments. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to change. Cole Schotz P.C. disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this publication to the fullest extent permitted by law. This is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining legal, financial and tax advice. For further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your firm contact or to any of the attorneys listed in this publication.

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